2016

New Year’s Resolution: What Weight Cycling & a Mild Chicago Winter Have in Common

As we venture into 2016, most of us will make New Year’s resolutions. According to recent statistics, 45% of Americans generally make such resolutions. Unsurprisingly, the number one resolution is to lose weight. Although secondary resolutions include getting organized and living life to the fullest, our attention was caught by the first one. Believe it or not, losing weight and …

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Snow Removal Chicago IL: Best Snow Plow Fail Videos – MUST SEE!

The wonderful thing about commercial snow plows is that they can effectively clear great quantities of snow from roads, parking lots, and other vast spaces without exerting a great amount of manpower. Snow removal in Chicago IL is something we take seriously at Brancato, but it’s it’s fun to check out some of the best snow plow fail videos from …

Busting 5 Myths for Driving in Snow or Ice

Driving on snow or ice is a treacherous activity some of us in Chicago and other parts of the country cannot avoid. The US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Department reported a 10 year average from 2002-2012 of over 200,000 accidents whose root cause was winter precipitation. These weather related accidents make up 17% of all accidents. So we wanted …

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Tips for Driving in Snow from Chicago’s Best Snow Removal Service

According to all Chicago forecasts – winter is here! If you are driving in Chicago tonight or tomorrow, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be doing it in this season’s first real snow fall. So there’s no better time than right now to brush up on tips for driving safely in the snow so you can enjoy an uneventful ride …

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7 Health Advantages of Winter in Chicago

So why is a Chicago Snow Plow company writing a blog post about the health advantages of winter? Frankly, we love winter and snowing weather, and we’re tired of it getting a bad rap. So many people talk about winter as being bad for your health. They say there’s flu and colds and all sorts of ailments like arthritis that …

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Can a Chicago Business Be Sued for Slipping on Ice or Snow?

Last year, the number of slip-and-fall claims doubled in Illinois from the previous winter, a telling tale of how dangerous snow and ice can be. And while many people can walk away with just a sore butt, there are many instances where it can be worse. So what happens when someone slips and falls on snow and ice in Chicago …

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Why is Chicago Called the Windy City?

At Brancato Snow & Ice Management, we think and write a lot about Chicago weather. So it got me thinking… Why is Chicago called the "Windy City?" Is it because of the gusty Lake Michigan winds that cause the snow drifts we are familiar with snow plowing in the winter? Or is it something else? After doing some digging, it …

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What is Snow? A Quick Introduction to its Intricacies

We gaze at it, frolic in it, trample through it, and yell at it at the close of a blustery winter season, but have you ever stopped to truly ask yourself, "What is snow?" Yes, if you live in Chicago like us, you already know that it’s a swirly, enchanted form of precipitation, but upon closer examination, we witness the …

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What is Thundersnow? What causes Snow Thunder?

Most people are used to having thunderstorms over the summer months. However, thunder in the winter is not nearly as common. In 2011, Chicago was highlighted on The Weather Channel when thundersnow surprised meteorologist Jim Cantore. Let’s examine what it is and what causes snow thunder. What is Thundersnow? A thunderstorm in the summer is typically a tall and narrow …

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Joe Brancato celebrates 25 years of providing Chicago Commercial Snow Removal Services

Since 1990 Joe Brancato has enjoyed the Chicago snow removal business. That’s right, Joe knows snow. And he loves it too. Through the years, Joe has found that servicing commercial properties in a consistent and professional manor has always been rewarding. It takes planning, documentation, maintenance and a good old fashioned work ethic – along with some pretty late nights …